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Ducati 620 SPORT Sports Tourers Motorbike Review

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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

Cosmetic and engine update from the long running SS family of sports-retro Ducatis. The entry level Ducati 620 Sport was never a big seller and wasn’t on offer for long. It’s not that fast or comfy but it handles well. Afflicted by the traditional Italian glitches but a cheap way into Ducati motorcycle ownership.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Ducati 620 Sport has just enough power to keep things entertaining. Fuel injection and a slightly bigger capacity make it much more lively than the wheezy Ducati 600SS. Unfortunately competition in this sector is stiff – Suzuki’s SV650 is stronger at any revs and easier to use too. Air cooling and two-valves per cylinder means traditional charm though.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Sporty fun in a bouncy, skittish way. Suspension isn’t as sophisticated as the larger capacity motorcycles in Ducati’s Super Sport family but the Ducati 620 Sport is still a tidy mover on smooth roads and tracks. Twin front discs are a big improvement over the previous Ducati 600SS model.



MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

Not a huge amount but the Ducati 620 Sport is a minimalist retro sports motorcycle, so what do you expect? The riding position’s less comfortable than many pure sports motorcycles which is disappointing. A half faired version of the Ducati 620 Sport is available and cost £5000 when new – the fully faired motorcycle was £5250.

Ducati 620 Sport (2002-2003)

Detail Value
Engine size 618 cc
Power 60 bhp
Top speed 125 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 0

Not good compared to most modern Ducatis. Electrical gremlins are common – the starter circuit seems particularly prone to problems. Issue with the trim and fit are quite frequent with the Ducati 620 Sport too. Major engine disasters seem thankfully rare and it’s an easy motorcycle to work on.


MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 0

You have to want the badge. There’s all sorts of superb motorcycles on offer in the ‘budget’ 600 class and most are faster and better built than the Duke. Suzuki’s SV650S is a clearly superior choice – if you must buy the Ducati 620 Sport, get a cherished bike with full service history. Find a Ducati 620 Sport for sale.


Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

2002: Ducati 620 Sport released in October.
2003: Ducati 620 Sport discontinued in October.

Other Versions

Ducati 620 Sport half faired: as the fully faired version but without fairing lowers and £250 cheaper when new.


Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.2 secs
Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 40 ft-lb
Weight 182 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 618 cc
Engine specification 4v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

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